"The Pool" by Jen Lewin, Chalk The Block Festival, El Paso, TX, October 2013, photo by Brian Wancho

TFA-Certified State Arts Advocates

Purpose of the Program: Since 1995, TFA members have engaged in collaborative arts advocacy, bringing together the voices of arts leaders and board members from arts organizations across the state to protect and expand funding and other public policy opportunities for Texas-based non-profits arts and cultural organizations. (501(c)(3)s).

Mission: The TFA Certified State Arts Advocate Program encourages individuals to increase their knowledge of the process of effective advocacy and to become and remain active advocates.

Goal: This program seeks to develop and maintain a group of arts advocates throughout the state of Texas who are prepared and willing to answer the call for collective arts advocacy.

Requirements to become a TFA Certified State Arts Advocate:

Maintain current membership in Texans for the Arts
Completion of the TFA Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop Within six (6) months following participation in the TFA Arts Funding & Leadership Development Workshop, select and accomplish at least 3 of the following:

  • Join or create your organization’s Arts Advocacy/Governmental Relations Committee
  • Advocate for an issue (of your choice) in a public meeting/public record environment (e.g., City Council meeting, School Board or other public body)  requiring you to register your position and to speak for the public record
  • Apply for arts funding at the city, state or national level for your arts organization, if appropriate
  • Make at least one office visit to an elected official at the local, county, statewide or national level to tell your arts story and/or advocate for an issue of your choice
  • Write a letter to an elected official at the local, county, statewide or national level to tell your arts story and/or advocate for an issue of your choice.
  • Attend the TFA Arts advocacy day in Austin (traditionally in late winter of off numbered years, while the legislature is in session)
  • Attend and participate in National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

Upon fulfillment of the requirements for becoming a TFA Certified State Arts Advocate, you will complete an application form and submit it for review to the TFA Certified State Arts Advocate Program committee. Following a review of your application, you will receive a letter and certificate indicating successful completion of the requirements and your name will be added to the TFA website listing of Certified State Arts Advocates (and other materials acknowledging these trained advocates).

Our team of TFA Certified State Arts Advocates will share information and remain connected to current and emerging issues impacting the arts in non-legislative years and will maintain active communications/advocacy throughout each legislative session.

TFA would like to recognize its Certified State Arts Advocates: 

Charles Adams, Founder and Board President, Charles Adams Studio Project, Lubbock
Cherise Bell, Executive Director, King William Association, San Antonio
Fiona Bond, Executive Director, Creative Waco, Waco
Jay C Brown, Artistic/Managing Director, Lubbock Community Theatre, Lubbock
Cathy Neece Brown, VP for Development, James L West Alzheimers Center, Fort Worth
David Cockerell, Marketing/Communications Director, American Association of Community Theatre, Fort Worth
Nicholas Dragga, Executive Director, Ballet Lubbock, Lubbock
Janis L. Elam-Blackwell, Lubbock
Caroline Hammond, Austin
Renee Hawkins, Executive Director, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview
Jane Henry, Lubbock
Monica Hightower, Executive Director, National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, Inc, Lubbock
Daniel H. Holeva, Executive Director, Arts Council of Midland, Midland
Christopher Kiley, Lubbock
Jeannette Kolokoff, Executive Director, Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale, Midland
Cody Lindley, Lubbock
Ryan Loyd, Managing Director, Midland Community Theatre, Midland
Daniel Makins, Executive Director, San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council, San Angelo
Lauri McKay Bevan, Fort Worth
Chad Muska, Executive Director, Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation, Sugar Land
Rachel Noteware, Lubbock
Sara Peters, Co-Director/Co-Founder, Friendswood Fine Arts Organization, Friendswood
Curtis L. Peoples, Ph.D., Archivist, Crossroads Music Archive, TTU, Lubbock
Chad Plunket, Director, Charles Adams Studio Project, Lubbock
Randall Rapstine, Lubbock
Eric Emerson Strong, Director, Roots Historical Arts Council, Lubbock
Ali Tiegs, Executive Director, Window on a Wider World, Amarillo
Louise Hopkins Underwood, Founder, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock
Susan White, Executive Director, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo
Trevor Wise, Lubbock
Brooke Witcher, Managing Director, Cultural Facilities & Special Events, City of Lubbock